Traveling Garniture (Besteck)


Object Place: Europe, Germany


Overall (spoon): 17.1 cm (6 3/4 in.) Overall (knife): 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.) Overall (fork): 17.8 cm (7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone, steel

Not On View





Knife: steel blade, ivory handle, the Young Bacchus carved in the round, wreathed and girded with grape leaves, holding grapes and goblet draped with goat skin, supported by grapevine; split in ivory pedestal. Spoon: Venus holding a heart bowl and stem of silver-gilt punched with foliate patterns, marks of maker and of Augsburg. Fork: steel, 2 pronged, Ceres holding sickle and cornacopia. In original fitted leather case (d) decorated with gilt reinceaux, chamois lined. Collection of Grand Duke of Baden; exhibited in Karlsruhe in 1881 (cat no 664).


Grand Duke of Baden, Karlsruhe, Germany [see note 1]. By 1960, Phillip B. Mayer, London; 1960, sold by Mayer to the MFA for £225. (Accession date: September 21, 1960)


[1] According to notes in the curatorial file, the set was in the collection of the Grand Duke of Baden and was exhibited in Karlsruhe in 1881 (catalogue no. 664).

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund